SES 16/GovSat [OSC]
SES-16/GovSat is a communications satellite, that has been ordered by LuxGovSat, a joint venture between SES and the Luxembourg government, from the satellite manufacturer Orbital ATK, Inc.
The satellite will be built on Orbital's GEOStar-3 bus. It will be positioned at 21.5° East and is scheduled for launch in Q2 2017.
SES-16/GovSat is a multi-mission satellite using dedicated military frequencies (X-band and military Ka-band) to provide high-powered and fully steerable spot beams for multiple government-specific missions. The satellite will cover Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Luxembourg government has pre-committed to a significant amount of capacity on the new satellite in support of its NATO obligations; the remaining capacity will be made available to governmental and institutional customers.
SES-16/GovSat will feature a special port, which allows a hosted payload to dock with it in orbit. The port will be the support structure for an unidentified hosted payload to be launched on a future SES satellite and then released in the vicinity of SES-16. The 200 kg, 500-watt payload then will travel to SES-16 and attach itself.
|Type / Application:||Communication|
|Contractors:||Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC)|
|Equipment:||X-band and military Ka-band transponders|
|Propulsion:||IHI BT-4, 4 × XR-5 Hall Current Thrusters|
|Power:||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|Lifetime:||15 years (fueled for >16 years)|
|SES 16/GovSat||-||2017||CC||Falcon-9 v1.2|